Outstanding sire High Chaparral had two very promising maiden winners in Australia on Thursday at Seymour and Hawkesbury in Bearish (3f High Chaparral x Miss Golly, by Casual Lies) and Mountain View (3g High Chaparral x Miss Distinction, by Bletchencore).
Three year old filly Bearish made an impressive start to her racing career with a barnstorming win at Seymour .
Allowed to find her feet at the rear of the field, Bearish looked in trouble at the top of the straight when pocketed behind a wall of horses. However, aided by a brilliant ride from Craig Newitt, Bearish weaved her way between runners and eventually got the middle of the track before unleashing a terrific sprint to win like a good filly.
Trainer Jason Warren was thrilled with the win.
“We’ve always had a good opinion of this filly. She wasn’t anywhere near 100% wound up for today’s run so there is plenty of upside with her. She looks an exciting staying talent, ” he said.
“I will resist the temptation to push onto the VRC Oaks as this is her first full preparation and I don’t want to bottom her out. We will probably give her one or two more runs this preparation before she heads to the paddock .She will mature into a lovely filly next year and races like the AJC Oaks will be ideal targets for her.”
Bearish was purchased by Warren at the 2012 Karaka Sale for $160,000 from the draft of Mapperley Stud and is out of the Casual Lies mare Miss Golly who hails from a good NZ family being a half-sister to two stakes winners in Waikiki and Happy Features.
Breaking the ice at Hawkesbury for John Sargent was three year-old gelding Mountain View, who took the 1800 metre maiden by more than a length as a well backed favourite.
Placed at his only three previous runs, Mountain View is entered for the Group I ATC Spring Champion Stakes and Victoria Derby, so connections will be hoping this win is a stepping stone to further spring success.
A $200,000 NZB Premier purchase for Apollo Ng from the Hallmark Stud draft, Mountain View is bred to be good as a half-brother to Group I winner Gee I Jane and Group III winner Miss Jessie Jay, the dam of Group I winners Katie Lee and Banchee.